No actual Presidential ‘evolution’ on SSM?
Both Andrew Malcolm and Allahpundit are looking somewhat… askance… at President Obama’s apparent “evolution” on same-sex marriage (SSM). I put “evolution” in scare quotes because there’s no real evidence that he’s actually changed his official opinion on the subject in any way that matters: which should have been apparent from the fact that precisely zero action towards legalizing SSM has been proposed by the President. Congress did pass a DADT repeal*, but there’s been no push for SSM.
And there’s a reason for that:
Bluntly? While the population in general has shifted to disapproving of SSM only within single digits, African-Americans remain opposed to the policy by a two-to-one margin. The President simply does not dare offend that particular demographic. If that means lying – which the President is doing – so be it.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Last year I incorrectly predicted that there would be no movement on a DADT repeal before 2012. Obviously, this was wrong – and equally obviously, I wish that I had seen this statistic at the time:
In fact, that might even explain some of the, ah, “unseemly haste:” if support for openly serving gays in the military is plummeting among African-American voters (while still being a net positive), the President may have panicked a little…